Hybrid Polyurethane Elastomer

Patent Title:  PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELASTOMERS

 Number/Link: WO2018069348 (German)

Applicant/Assignee:  Covestro

Publication date: 19 April 2018

Gist”: Unsaturated polycarbonate polyols are reacted with isocyanates together with a peroxide

Why it is interesting: Unsaturated polyethercarbonate polyols are prepared by reacting alkyleneoxides (e.g. PO) together with carbondioxide and an unsaturated monomer like a glycidylether or -ester or cyclooctadienemonoepoxide. These polyols can then be reacted with isocyanates in the presence of  a free-radical initiator like an peroxide. The resulting material can then be crosslinked in a separate step. The hybrid elastomers are said to have improved tensile properties at same or similar hardness.
A related application is WO2018/069350.

glycidylmethacrylate

Glycidylmethacrylate

 

Oxidation-Proof TPU

Patent Title: POLYURETHANE, METHOD OF PREPARATION, AND ARTICLE COMPRISING THE POLYURETHANE

 Number/Link:  WO2018/057488

Applicant/Assignee:  THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

Publication date:  29 March 2018

Gist”:  TPU based on hydrogenated diene diols

Why it is interesting: TPUs based on polyether- or polydiene-diols are prone to oxidative degradation and therefore less useful for e.g. medical applications.  According to this invention, oxidation-stable TPUs can be prepared from hydrogenated polydiene diols with an Mn of 500 to 2000, combined with 5-25% (w/w) polyether diols, chain extender and diisocyanate.  In an example a hydogenated polybutadienediol with Mn of 2000 Da was reacted with 4,4′-MDI together with PTMEG 1000 and BDO in toluene.  At a hardblock content of 35% the TPU showed a Shore hardness of 80A, 250MPa tensile strength and an elongation at break of 520%.

PIB

Hydrogenated (1,2) polybutadiene

 

Polyurethanes from Alpha Glucan

Patent Title: POLYURETHANE POLYMERS COMPRISING POLYSACCHARIDES

 Number/Link: WO2018/017789

Applicant/Assignee:  Du Pont

Publication date: 25 january 2018

Gist”: Polyurethanes containing poly alpha 1,3-glucan

Why it is interesting: The invention is related to the preparation of different types of polyurethanes comprising poly alpha 1,3-glucan, which is a polymeric D-glucose having alpha 1,3 glycosidic bonds (as opposed to most natural glucose polymers which show α or β 1,4 glycoside linkages). Alpha 1,3 glucan can be prepared by enzymatic polymerization using sucrose and a glycosyltransferase. The glucan can be mixed with polyols and reacted with isocyanates to prepare polyurethanes.  Many examples are given ranging from PUDs, films, flexible foams to TPUs.

glucan

Poly alpha 1,3-glucan

 

Fluorinated Thermoplastic Polyurethanes

Patent Title: SHOE UPPERS & CASE FOR PORTABLE DEVICES

 Number/Link: WO2018/007359  WO2018007360

Applicant/Assignee:  Solvay

Publication date:  11 January 2018

Gist”:  F-TPUs are prepared by incorporating perfluoro diols

Why it is interesting: The current inventions are about fluorinated TPU and its applications. The F-TPUs are prepared by replacing part of the polyol with hydroxyl-ended fluorinated polyethers. In the examples fluorinated polyether diols are used in different ratios to conventional polyester-, PTMEG-, CAPA- and polycarbonate diols and reacted with MDI or HDI and BDO or HDO as chain extenders. The F-TPUs can be used as uppers for footwear and as cases for smartphones and are said to have improved stain resistance and – surprisingly- a soft feel to the touch.

case

F-TPU smartphone case

 

Polyamide Polymer Polyols

Patent Title: POLYAMIDE DISPERSION IN POLYOL AND PREPARATION THEREOF

 Number/Link: WO2017/216209

Applicant/Assignee:  BASF

Publication date: 21 December 2017

Gist”: Polyamide particles from polyether diamine and adipic acid are dispersed in polyol

Why it is interesting: Conventional polymer polyols contain either SAN-, polyurethane- or polyurea particles (see e.g. here).  According to this invention, polymer polyol dispersions can also be prepared by reacting a diamine, containing at least 50 wt% of a linear polyether having two terminal primary amine groups with a dicarboxylic acid (e.g. adipic acid) in a polyether polyol.  The reaction results in a dispersion of polyamide particles in the polyether polyol, stabilized by the polyether diamine. The polymer polyols are useful for flexible foam production and are said to show an improved hydrolysis resistance.

adipicacid

Adipic acid